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Toronto,  ON (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Carlos  Boozer had  20  points and  eight 
rebounds  and the  Chicago Bulls held on  for a 94-92 victory over the Toronto 
Raptors on Wednesday night. 

Chicago  had  a shot  clock violation  with 10.9  seconds remaining, but Jimmy 
Butler blocked DeMar DeRozan's potentially go-ahead jumper with 2.4 seconds to 
play. 

"DeRozan  got  going, but  Jimmy  was  there on  him," Bulls  head coach  Tom 
Thibodeau said of the block. 

Butler  split a  pair of  foul shots  to put  the Bulls  up two  and DeRozan's 
heave from halfcourt at the horn was off the mark. 

Kirk  Hinrich had  19 points,  Joakim Noah  dished out  13 assists  and Butler 
provided  16  points, six assists  and six boards for  the Bulls, who have won 
four in a row. 

DeRozan  finished with a game-high 32 points for Toronto, which had its three- 
game  winning streak  snapped. Kyle Lowry tallied 16 points, seven assists and 
five rebounds in defeat. 

Toronto  trailed by as  many as 15 in the third, but Lowry knocked down a pair 
of free throws before pulling up for a 3-pointer a possession later to get the 
Raptors within 91-89 with 1:30 left. 

DeRozan  airballed  a right elbow fallaway  jumper on Toronto's next touch and 
Hinrich  knocked down a pull-up left elbow jumper with 41.3 ticks on the clock 
to make it 93-89. 

Tyler Hansbrough was unable to get his hook shot to drop at the other end, but 
Amir  Johnson snatched  the offensive rebound and recorded a three-point play, 
which cut the deficit to 93-92 with 34.9 seconds remaining. 

Earlier,  Boozer  netted four  points during  an early  8-2 Bulls spurt, which 
staked Chicago to a 14-6 lead four-plus minutes in. 

The Bulls led 31-21 after a quarter of play and by as many as 15 in the second 
before  Terrence  Ross' three-point play capped  an 11-0 Toronto run to get it 
within 40-36. 

Chicago took a 48-41 cushion into the break and further extended its advantage 
in  the  third. Hinrich  concluded a  12-4 burst  with a  3-pointer to make it 
66-51 a little past the midway point of the frame. 

The Bulls headed into the fourth with a 70-62 edge. 

"We  can't start  a team  like  that, that  many  points and  expect to  fight 
back and get back into the game," Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  shot  50 percent (36-of-72)  from the  floor and knocked down 7-of-12 
(58.3  percent)  from the 3-point line  ... Toronto was 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) 
from beyond the arc. 

 
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